// Yesterday, 26 September, 2016 marked the second year the Starlight Children’s Foundation joined forces with the Australian Hairdressing Council (AHC) to bring some respite from an otherwise awful hospital experience.
The recipients aren’t older enough to properly process the emotional rollercoaster they and their families have unwillingly boarded. They’re generally not in for a sprained ankle or broken arm. Many are going through treatment for conditions even the strongest adult would have trouble facing.
No one wants to see a child suffer and National Pop-Up Salon Day is one of the many ways Starlight Children’s Foundation brings fun, joy and laughter to sick kids and their families in the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
From 2pm-5pm, the hospital’s Starlight Express Room was transformed into a dynamic hair and make-up salon for seriously ill children and love-ones.
Starlight’s resident superhero Captain Starlight and Starlight volunteers were assisting the hair and make-up artists work their makeover magic, with exciting fashion and hair-related activities which let the kids and their families escape the dampening reality they deal with during treatment.
“When a child is isolated, scared and in pain in hospital, a hair and make-up session isn’t what usually comes to mind, but you’d be surprised at how much of a difference a positive distraction like these Pop Up Salons can make in lifting the kids’ spirits – boys included!” said Holly Roberts, Starlight’s NSW State Partnerships Manager.
“The collaboration between AHC and Starlight in 2016 has once again exceeded expectations, and after an incredible month long initiative in May of this year, over $93,000 was raised by the 202 salons, which is enough to give over 2,300 sick children and their families access to Starlight’s hospital programs,” said Sandy Chong, AHC’s CEO.
“Starlight relies entirely on the community to fund its programs, so we appreciate the support of organisations like the Australian Hairdressing Council, in helping us to keep the doors of our Starlight Express Rooms open seven days a week,” Holly added.
The kids are no doubt in the best hands for treating their illness but it’s Captain Starlight that turns a sick child’s pain, fear and stress into joy, fun and laughter. Over 120 Captain Starlights entertain sick kids and their families in Starlight Express Rooms and on the wards in all major children’s hospitals nationally.
Every sick child, regardless of their age, illness or injury, can access the Starlight Express Rooms with their families.